The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)

Accreditation: 15.12.2016

The programme is organised by the:

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Administration
Gosarjeva ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Tel: +386 1 58 05 401
Email: podiplomski@fu.uni-lj.si

Universitiy of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics
Ivana Filipovića 4, 51000 Reka, Hrvaška
Tel: +385 51 355 111
Website

  • Aim of the Study Programme

The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) is interdisciplinary oriented, as it contains subjects (content) from legal, economic, managerial, organisational and information sciences. Students have a wide choice of courses (content) within the individual disciplines, which means they can choose the courses (content) in all study fields (disciplines) they are interested in.   
The Progamme is intended for candidates who work or intend to work in workplaces that require and expect scientific-research work in the field of administration and business sciences in the public sector; this means the study, creation, development and application of new methodologies, technologies and skills in administration and business sciences. The joint doctoral study programme is designed to provide a candidate with all the necessary deep theoretical-scientific and methodological administrative-legal, organizational, economic, managerial and IT skills that are necessary to solve the most demanding research and practical issues in the selected areas in the first two years of the study, which are then used during the continuation of the study to solve specific scientific-research problems within the doctoral dissertation. Therefore, the study programme is designed to be highly interactive and multidisciplinary, which corresponds to the nature of scientific research on the one hand, and to the most demanding professional work on the other.

The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) is important for:
- The development of administrative sciences for further transformation of the public administration in the direction of modern democratic-oriented administrations,
- The development of business sciences for the functioning of the public sector,
- The development of existing and new educational programmes and scientific-research work in the field of administrative and business sciences and
- Modernisation of administrative and business practices in the public sector.

The student has a choice of coursework in the first and second year. The choice of elective courses enables the interdisciplinarity of four different disciplines (informatics, economics, organization and law). In the first year, the student selects (in agreement with the mentor and depending on the doctoral dissertation subject) the Social Statistics or Optimization Models in Public Sector elective methodological course and 2 required courses, as well as carries out two individual research works and a doctoral seminar.
In the second year, the student can choose between two modules: Public Governance and Economics Module. The student completes 2 guiding courses, 2 elective courses, 2 research works and a doctoral seminar.
In the third year, the student carries out individual research work and a doctoral seminar as well as presents and defends his or her doctoral dissertation.

The student can choose from a range of elective courses at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, or at the Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka. He or she can also decide to take elective courses at any other domestic or foreign faculty for at least 10 ECTS credits. In the latter case, the student needs prior consent of the doctoral study management. The curriculum of the joint doctoral study is realized in three years.

All elective courses will be available to students of related study programmes from other faculties of the University of Ljubljana, University of Rijeka and from other universities with which the University of Ljubljana and University of Rijeka have concluded agreements on student exchange. The third-level Joint Doctoral Study Programme of Governance and Economics in Public Sector is based on the principles of the Bologna Process. The students of the third-level will therefore participate in various international exchanges (ERASMUS, BASELIUS, CEEPUS, etc.) and complete individual courses at other universities abroad in accordance with the ECTS credit system. 

  • Purpose of the Study Programme

This study programme is new and will replace the “pre-Bologna” Administration doctoral programme. The proposed study programme, prepared as a collaboration between the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, and the Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, is a new doctoral study programme called Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle). The programme was prepared based on the amended Higher Education Act (ZVis, Official Gazette of RS, no. 32-1406/2012), in accordance with the Criteria for the accreditation of higher education institutions and study programmes (Official Gazette of RS, no. 6/12), in accordance with the regulations and procedures for doctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana, in accordance with the Criteria for Credit Assignment for Study Programmes According to ECTS, in accordance with the Rules[1] on study programmes at the University of Rijeka and according to the Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 123/03, 105/04, 174/04, 2/07, 46/07, 45/09 and 63/11), as well as in accordance with the guidelines of the Bologna declaration.
The proposed study programme seeks to address as well as possible the scientific research and educational needs resulting from the above-stated changes. Considering the main objectives and the learning content, as well as the general and subject-specific competences, the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) is classified according to the ISCED as a Business and Administration study programme.
Both members are important post-graduate and doctoral institutions in their fields in Central and Eastern Europe. Both already have international experience and, most importantly, employ experts with appropriate references. The duration of the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) is three years and 180 ECTS in total. After completing all the obligations of the doctoral study programme, the graduates obtain the academic title doctor of sciences (the abbreviation is dr. before the name) in Slovenia and doctor of sciences in humanities in Croatia. The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) is offered as a full-time or part-time study programme. The organised forms of learning are implemented as lectures, seminars and other organised activities in Slovenia and Croatia. The programme is implemented in total in the scope of the contact hours defined by the study programme. The organised forms of learning and pedagogical work for the part-time study programme total 50% of the regular study programme. 

  • Duration of Study

 3 years, 180 ECTS 

  • Academic title

doktor znanosti / doktorica znanosti (Slovenia)
doktor znanosti / doktorica znanosti s področja družboslovja (Croatia)

  • Method of Implementation

 Part-time study. 

  • Moduls: Economic module, Public Governance module
  • Graduate’s general competencies

The graduates of the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) acquire the following general competences:
an in-depth understanding of the theoretical concepts in the field of administration and business sciences and the ability to transfer this knowledge into practice;
- the ability for the in-depth critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex ideas;
- the capacity for the independent development of new knowledge, skills, techniques, practices and materials with research;
- the ability to set, design and implement a large research process;
- the ability to for the critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex ideas in order to solve difficult problems by testing and improving the existing solutions and the implementation of new solutions on the national and international level;
- the ability to publicly present and defend scientific studies;
- an excellent understanding of and the ability to master different research approaches in the scientific field while building on knowledge acquired in the first and second study cycle;
- the development of critical thinking and self-reflection during scientific and research work, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary group.

  • Graduate’s course-specific competencies

During the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle), the students acquire subject-specific competences for studying and solving even the most difficult expert and scientific problems in the field of business and administration. The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) allows the students to deepen, define and build upon the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired during the first and second cycle programmes. The acquired knowledge and skills give the students access to the most difficult methodologies for understanding and solving problems in business and administration practice.
Subject-specific competences are:
- in-depth understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the ability to use them in research as appropriate;
- the ability to dynamically link different scientific disciplines into one comprehensive transdisciplinary scientific research method;
- the ability to scientifically analyse the problems, assign values to different theoretical points of view and critically analyse the administrative systems and constitutional institutions;
- the ability to understand and upgrade the theoretical administrative knowledge, focused on the status and functional classification of the public administration providers;
- the ability for critical thinking during research in the field of interdisciplinary subjects;
- the ability to critically evaluate the broader significance and consequences of using IT systems in administrative systems;
- the ability to assess the theoretical and practical aspects of organisational learning and knowledge management;
- the ability to understand and analyse the basic characteristics of different areas of public policies and fiscal policy;
- the ability to respect and independently select suitable solutions for human rights in public administration based on international legal and administrative practices and comparative legal solutions for this area;
- the ability to understand and improve the theoretical legal knowledge on the status and functional classification of public management providers in Croatia, Slovenia and abroad;
- the ability to apply theoretical models while planning the normative regulations of civil service relations and to use foreign legal solutions in the national legislation of Croatia and Slovenia;
- the ability to objectively assess the efficiency of the public administration;
- an understanding of the financial operations of the administration and a knowledge of the approaches and tools for optimal financial management;
- an understanding of current economic circumstances and guidelines for the development of the theory and practice of public administration management.


Tution fee: € 11.000,00
1st year: € 3.670,00
2nd year: € 3.670,00
3rd year: € 3.660,00

Curriculum

Development of public administration
Philosophy of economic sciences and application of micro and macroeconomics
Elective methodological course (student selects one subject): Social statistics or Optimization modelling in public sector
Individual research work 1
Individual research work 2
Doctoral seminar 1

Public Governance module

Core course:
Comparative Human Rights Policies for the Public Administration
Organizational learning and knowledge management

Elective course 1
Elective course 2
Individual research work 3
Individual research work 4
Doctoral seminar 2

Economic module

Core course:
Economic Development
Public policy analysis

Elective course 1
Elective course 2
Individual research work 3
Individual research work 4
Doctoral seminar 2

Individual research work 5
Individual research work 6
Final doctoral seminar and defense of doctoral thesis